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Please help. non united 8 months old femur fracture with nail in situ was operated and grafting was done. i chew tobacco, is that a cause of concern?

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwataanswered
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Stop tobacco chewing: Smoking, chewing tobacco reduces the microcapillary circulation to let your fracture heal. You are doing yourself a disservice and not healing as quickly by doing so! It's a bad habit and you must quit to see better results of your femur. Work with your doctor to begin a chewing tobacco cessation (stopping) program, and do it SOON! You need your leg to heal!
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata commented
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Provided original answer
Glad you're stopping! We all support your decision to LIVE, and HEAL that fracture!
Jul 12, 2014
Dr. Jason Berkley
Pain Management 25 years experience
Bad For You: Nicotine in the tobacco is known to prevent bone fusion. You are a young man. It's time to develop healthy habits. Your leg aside, if you keep chewing tobacco, there is a high risk of oral cancer among other problems. The time to quit is now.

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